Botched Concert Cost U. of Hawaii More Than $1-Million, Lawmakers Say

The Manoa campus paid a local promoter $200,000 for a concert that was meant to feature Stevie Wonder, but the show was canceled when officials learned that the singer had never agreed to perform. Officials don’t know where the money went. At a long hearing that ended late Tuesday, members of a state Senate panel said the cost of the alleged fraud had now surpassed seven figures.

The revelation began at the start of the second meeting of the state Senate Special Committee on Accountability this afternoon. Committee chairwoman Sen. Donna Mercado Kim began the meeting with heated questioning of Jeffrey S. Harris, attorney with the law firm Torkildson, Katz, Moore, Hetherington, Harris, which has been retained by the UH administration to help them deal with the aftermath of the failed concert.

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